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APHA Newsletter February 2020

We are counting down to the 2020 South Pacific Passive House Conference (SPPHC 2020), taking place at the University of New South Wales’ Roundhouse in Sydney in just three short months!

We have released a fantastic program so far: learn from the experts at our training workshops, enjoy drinks and canapes overlooking Sydney Harbour at our VIVID cocktail evening, and be inspired by our presentations and panels featuring prominent keynote speakers!

Discover more about the SPPHC 2020 and the latest passive house news, events, and training below!

Buy Conference Tickets Now!


Thank you to the South Pacific Passive House Conference Sponsors and Trade Show Exhibitors!
Are you interested in being a sponsor or exhibiting your product alongside these leading brands that have already locked in their spot? Email [email protected] for more details - but hurry, spots are filling fast!


Have you booked your tickets to the APHA VIVID cocktail evening?

After an exciting day at SPPHC 2020, enjoy a four hour drinks and canapes package at the Pullman Grand's Hacienda Bar. You will also be treated to a spectacular view of the VIVID festival that will be lighting up the iconic Sydney Harbour landscape that evening.

Book now!

Learn from the experts and sign up for our SPPHC 2020 masterclasses!

Thursday 28 May is Training Day, and we have something for everyone - even those just joining the Passive House movement! Book now, spaces are limited.
Explore our Workshops now!

The Fern: Building an Urban Sanctuary

We sat down with Oliver Steele of Steele Associates Architects - architect, builder and developer of The Fern in Sydney - to chat about the cutting-edge, net-positive Passive House building that was finished just last year.

Oliver will be hosting a presentation on The Fern at SPPHC 2020.

Read the interview here.

Introducing our Keynote Speakers!

We are excited to confirm three keynote speakers, who have each made a huge impact on the Passive House industry.
Stay tuned for more guest speakers announcements.

Discover more about our keynote speakers here.

A Big, Bold Move

Enjoy an article from Passive House Accelerator by SPPHC 2020 keynote speaker, Chris Higgins.

Chris is the Green Building Planner for the City of Vancouver, a city that recently set a goal of running only on renewable energy by 2050.

Find out how they plan on achieving this with the help of Passive House here.


Become a Passive House Member!

Sign up today to enjoy the many benefits, including professional development and networking opportunities, access to technical documents, member logos, inclusion in our Find a Professional directory, and much more!

Join now!

Are You Hosting a Passive House Event?

Are you an APHA member with a Passive House event coming up that you would like to us to promote?

Contact [email protected] with the details and we will feature your event in our newsletters, website, and social media!

Passive House in the Media!

Don't miss the ABC’s 7.30 Report featuring a segment on Passive House this week, titled 'Passive Homes helping to cut energy bills'.

Discover More!

Bank Australia's Clean Energy Home Loan

Thanks to a great collaboration between Bank Australia and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), owning a passive home could be more attainable for more Australians.

Learn More!

International Passive House Conference 2020

Held in Berlin, Germany, from 20-22 September 2020, this year's conference theme is 'How we Build the Future - Sustainably'.

Find Out More!

Issue Paper Released This Week by ISCA, Climate Works, and ASBEC

Responsible for up to 70% of Australia's emissions, Infrastructure has a critical role to play in a net zero emissions future. The Issues Paper released Wednesday 4 March 2020 outlines how.

Read the Media Release here.

Read the Issues Paper here.

Passive House Seminar - South Australia

This seminar in Goolwa in February was a huge success! Thanks to Goolwa Council and Tony Pisanelli for hosting such a fantastic event jam-packed with information, a great Q&A session, and networking.

APHA State and Chapter Lead Announcement

We are excited to announce the APHA Chapter and Volunteer Leads for 2020!

Congratulations and thanks to all our new Chapter Leaders for their support!
Discover who your local rep is and how you can get in touch here.

The Guide to Passive House Building is available now!


Prepared by APHA, our guide outlines the process and resources that will enable you to become a successful Passive House developer. Make sure you are logged in to our website for access.

Download now!

The 2018 Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship Paper

Published this month, APHA Board Member Kate Nason's winning paper on the proposal to research how the Passive House Standard is being adopted by architects, policy makers, and the broader industry to help curb carbon emissions in buildings and create a more resilient future for urban centres around the world.
Read the full report here ahead of SPPHC 2020 to discover commentary by our international keynote speakers!


What's the best way to experience the benefits of a Passive House first hand? Stay in one overnight of course!

APHA members are invited to spend an evening or long weekend at the beautiful 'Sapphire' passive home located in the picturesque Blue Mountains, NSW. It is also the first in Australia to meet BAL-FZ (Flame Zone) bushfire building requirements.

Contact Blue Eco Homes for more information at [email protected].

There is also an upcoming open home tour of Sapphire on 28 March 2020. Register here.

Don't miss your chance to tour a Passive House currently in construction!

This stunning home located in Coberg, Victoria, utilises CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) and was designed by APHA Members Melbourne Design Studios.

You will get the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the amazing features of this project - including eco-concrete and rainwater harvesting capabilities.

Tour dates and times to be confirmed.


Certified Passive House Training Courses

 Passive House designers, consultants, and tradespeople require a special level expertise, which can be acquired and substantiated with the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant or Tradesperson course.

Certified Passive House professionals have demonstrated sound fundamentals in Passive House Design. Every five years professionals must substantiate their credentials through maintenance and further development of their knowledge.


Box Hill Institute - Introduction to Passive House

Learn about Passive House principles and the methodology to create high performance, thermally comfortable and super energy efficient buildings.
Semester 1 dates: 22-24 April 2020
Semester 2 dates: 12-14 August 2020

Box Hill Institute - Certified Passive House Designer Course

Are you a building professional looking to learn the skills/knowledge required to understand how to design & build to the international Passive House standard? This course is designed with you in mind.
Semester 1 dates: 15-25 June 2020
Semester 2 dates: 28 Sep-8 October 2020


Box Hill Institute - Certified Passive House Designer Exam Preparation and Exam

This one day session is a practice ‘mock’ exam for the Passive House Designer/Consultant exam.
Semester 1 exam preparation date: 26 June 2020
Semester 1 exam date: 27 June 2020

Semester 2 exam preparation date: 9 October 2020
Semester 2 exam date: 10 October 2020

Box Hill Institute - Certified Passive House Tradesperson Course and Exam

In this course, building tradespeople will learn the skills and knowledge required to understand how to build to the International Passive House standard. This 5-day course covers the Building Envelope and Mechanical Systems specialities. 
Semester 1 dates:
11-15 May 2020
Exam date: 16 May 2020

Semester 2 dates: 9-13 November 2020
Exam date: 14 November 2020


WUFI Workshops

Want to learn WUFI? ProClima in Sydney have entry level WUFI® training where you will learn what hygrothermal modelling and WUFI® software is capable of with hands on practice. APHA discount is now available in APHA members area.


Pro Clima Install Training

Pro Clima are also running install training designed for builders, tradespeople and those keen to learn about weathertightness, airtightness, and installing Pro Clima products.

These workshops are free to attend and will take place around Australia. Register by clicking on the link HERE.

APHA 2020 Member Logos

The APHA 2020 Logos are available to members now!

Click here to access this year's logo when you are logged in.